Acting Headteacher Update – 14th May

Good morning – I hope that this communication finds you well and that you and your families are managing to stay safe.

Reopening School

There continue to be rumours circulating in the national media about reopening schools. As I am sure you will have seen, the Prime Minister announced plans to ease some of the current lockdown measures as part of a “conditional plan” to reopen society. The plans include the proposal for a phased reopening of primary schools from 1 June beginning with Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 children. No date was given for the reopening of secondary schools as yet, however, Year 10 pupils sitting exams next year will be prioritised. The government has promised to provide detailed guidance to schools on the measures for reopening to students and staff and as you would expect we will ensure that we implement these measures to the highest standard.

In the meantime we will continue to focus on providing the best possible home learning opportunities for all our families. I want to reassure parents that, we are working closely with the St Ralph Sherwin Multi-Academy Trust and will follow the government’s guidance when it is issued and open school according to the detail of that guidance. Until that point, we will continue to prepare for reopening in a responsible, thoughtful manner.

Remote Learning

It has been fantastic to see how well our students have engaged with home learning on Firefly. We have been really impressed with their commitment to keeping their education going and appreciate all the support parents are providing to encourage students to develop routines and complete the set work. I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank all of our teachers and support staff for their efforts in ensuring that students’ learning is preserved as much as possible during these uncertain times.

Y6 Transition

For our parents who may have a Year 6 child due to start Robert Sutton this September, please be reassured that we are working really hard on ensuring a smooth transition. We will send out more details once we are in a position to do so, but this is a key priority for the team. For now parents and pupils can read key information about our school here –

Care Provision

A reminder that the school remains open for children of ‘Critical Workers’ and the ‘Vulnerable’, however we do ask that your child stays at home unless it is an absolutely essential they attend school. We must all work together to protect everyone, this includes our students, our staff and the whole population. For further details please see –

With children likely spending more time online, now is a good time to remind parents of the risks certain websites, apps and social media can pose, so that they are aware of the steps they can take to protect their child.

New: Safeguarding hub for parents

In order to support you in keeping your child safe online we are providing all parents with access to The Key safeguarding hub – this allows you access to interactive guidance on setting up parental controls on their child’s devices, as well as guidance on apps like TikTok, YouTube and Instagram and more. For further details please see – https://parenthub.thekeysupport.com?uuid=87a316c4-316a-46e2-9fe1-43f73f902081

Thank you for your ongoing support during this unprecedented time.